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Your cookbook wishlist for 2004

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#1 bloviatrix

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Posted 11 November 2004 - 11:10 AM

As a companion to Gifted Gourmet's thread on Food Books you give as holiday gifts, I thought it would be fun to everyone to share the books they want to get receive this holiday season. Let's be honest, it's really more fun to get rather than give. :laugh:

Blovie and I exchange gifts every night of Chanukah. On average he gives me 4 cookbooks. I provide him with a large list to choose from. This year's list includes:

McGee II (this is a MUST)
JC's Mastering the Art of French Cooking
Keller's French Laundry Cookbook
Cafe Paradiso Cookbook or Cafe Paradiso Seasons
Jack Bishop's A Year in Vegetarian Kitchen
Joan Nathan's Jewish Holiday cookbook
Gil Mark's Olive Trees and Honey (another jewish cookbook)

I can't remember what else is on the list.
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#2 ScorchedPalate

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Posted 11 November 2004 - 11:25 AM

As a companion to Gifted Gourmet's thread on Food Books you give as holiday gifts, I thought it would be fun to everyone to share the books they want to get receive this holiday season.  Let's be honest, it's really more fun to get rather than give.  :laugh:

Cool thread!

Here's my cookbook wishlist:
- The Gourmet Cookbook
- Bouchon
- Bistro Cooking at Home (Gordon Hamersley)
- Lost Recipes (Marion Cunnngham)
- Putting Food By (Janet C. Greene)
- Best of the Best 2004: The Best Recipes From the 25 Best Cookbooks of the Year


and not really cookbooks, but...
- The Tummy Trilogy (Calvin Trillin)
- Best Food Writing 2004
- the new edition of The Food Lover's Guide to Seattle
- Remembrance of Things Paris: Sixty Years of Writing from Gourmet
- Women Who Eat: A New Generation on the Glory of Food
- Schott's Food and Drink Miscellany

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#3 Marlene

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Posted 11 November 2004 - 11:32 AM

I have a number of WS cookbooks on my list. In addition, I would add

On Food & Cooking by Harold McGee
Les Halles - Anthony Bourdain
Like Water for Chocolate ?

Really, I'd take any food related book anyone wanted to give me. :rolleyes:
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Posted 11 November 2004 - 02:01 PM

In all fairness, McGee's book is not a cookbook. Even the dissertation on boiling water is abstract. :cool:
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#5 Carolyn Tillie

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Posted 11 November 2004 - 02:26 PM

I want the El Bulli cookbook but doubt anyone is going to spend that kind of money on me...

#6 Ms Neato

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Posted 12 November 2004 - 01:20 AM

Carolyn / bloviatrix

Consider for a moment, that it (at least, the most recent one) contains 360-odd recipes; so really, you're paying less than a dollar for each recipe.

[At least, it doesn't seem quite so expensive that way :biggrin:]

#7 Phatlouie07

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Posted 12 November 2004 - 05:53 AM

French Laundry, Bouchon, Francois Payard's cookbook are no my wish list.

#8 Andy Lynes

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Posted 12 November 2004 - 06:24 AM

As a small reward for cooking lunch and putting up with the relatives without swearing at them or waving my chefs knife in their direction in a very threatening manner, I always ensure that one of my Christmas presents is a big expensive cookbook. Around three in the afternoon, I settle down in a comfy chair, permanently topped up glass of wine by my side, and spend a couple of quiet hours reading while the kids break their new toys and squabble. This year, that book will be Bouchon. I can't wait.

#9 marie-louise

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Posted 12 November 2004 - 07:14 AM

Another Jew here-coming up with eight ideas for presents when you've been married as long as we have can be hard. So, to help my husband out, I told him I'd like these three books:

On Food & Cooking by Harold McGee
Les Halles - Anthony Bourdain
Marcella says-Marcella Hazen


I read through Bouchon the other day at a bookstore. It's a beautiful book. We're going there for Thanksgiving dinner, so I was thinking about getting it as a souvenir.

#10 Shannon_Elise

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Posted 12 November 2004 - 02:41 PM

Les Halles Cookbook
Bouchon
The Gourmet Cookbook
Baking and Pastry: Mastering the Art and Craft (CIA)
The Professional Pastry Chef 4th edition
The Secrets of Baking by Sherry Yard
The King Arthur Flour Baking Companion
American Pie by Peter Reinhart
The Slow Mediterannean Kitchen


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#11 elswinger

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Posted 15 November 2004 - 11:41 AM

I just wish Saveur would publish a few more cookbooks along the lines of their Authentic America, French, and Italian cookbooks. Great pictures and recipes.
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Posted 15 November 2004 - 12:36 PM

I want the El Bulli cookbook but doubt anyone is going to spend that kind of money on me...

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I bought into the hype and I should have invested my money elsewhere. Not at all worth the cost of shipping. :hmmm:
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#13 Basilgirl

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Posted 15 November 2004 - 02:01 PM

The Best American Recipes 2004-2005 (how do they know about 2005 already?) - Fran McCullough and Molly Stevens - recipes from the Internet, cookbooks, newspapers. I have all of the other volumes, so why stop now?

Lidia's Family Table - to go with her new cooking show which starts airing in February (I think)

Les Halles by Bourdain
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Posted 15 November 2004 - 03:19 PM

After skimming On Food and Cooking, a few glasses of wine down the road, then (hopefully) newly translated el buli, I got the 2002 one last year.

Will settle into Peter Barhams Science of cooking, Chemistry with recipes. By this point wine will most definately have got me in it's grasp.

I can then begin to assemble all the kids toys, which in itself isn't thet bad until you have to place the reams of stickers toy manufacturers insist on supplying with every "flat pack" toy.
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Posted 16 November 2004 - 05:16 PM

The Gourmet Cookbook (can't decide if I want the one available now with the controversial pale yellow typeface for the recipe titles, or the next printing which will be easier to read)

CI The Best Recipe (the new one)

The Spice is Right

Any Madhur Jaffrey book I don't have yet

Cooking Under Pressure and Pressure Perfect by Lorna Sass

Subscription to Fine Cooking and Cooks Illustrated (and Taste of Home...don't laugh)

That's a good start! I could go on... :blink:

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#16 lancastermike

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Posted 16 November 2004 - 05:40 PM

American Pie is the only one I really want, but if someone give me McGee I will be very happy as well

#17 marie-louise

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Posted 16 November 2004 - 07:32 PM

The Gourmet Cookbook (can't decide if I want the one available now with the controversial pale yellow typeface for the recipe titles, or the next printing which will be easier to read)

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I'm waiting until they fix it, but I REALLY want this cookbook. (I have the original ones-it was one of the first presents my husband ever gave me. They're so old, they're embossed w/ my maiden name!)

#18 tcavallo

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Posted 16 November 2004 - 08:55 PM

OK, copied and pasted from my already typed up list. Some old some new, some classics, some oddities:

On Food and Cooking (New Edition) - Harold McGee
Thai Food - David Thompson
Eat Not This Flesh: Food Avoidances from Prehistory to the Present - Frederick J. Simoons
Plants of Life, Plants of Death - Frederick J. Simoons
Japanese Cooking - by Shizuo Tsuji
The Eater's Guide to Chinese Characters - James D. McCawley
The Oxford Companion to Food - Alan Davidson
Larousse Gastronomique - Prosper Montagne (Editor)
Anthony Bourdain's Les Halles Cookbook - Anthony Bourdain
The Whole Beast: Nose to Tail Eating - Fergus Henderson

As a recovering Vegan (almost 9 years) I am eager to explore the realms of animal foods that I have been so missing out on, and I am sure my meat-loving family and girlfriend will be happy to oblige buy picking up a few of these books.

#19 CompassRose

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Posted 17 November 2004 - 09:37 AM

I really want Alice Medrich's Bittersweet.

Also, anything by Alton Brown (he's a bit too fluffy for me to spend my own money on him, therefore perfect gift material -- also, for some inexplicable reason, my library doesn't have any on the shelf).

Alford and Duguid -- either Hot Sour Salty Sweet or Home Baking, I don't care. These are too expensive -- but SO gorgeous, plus the recipes I've tried (my library does have these) have been quite successful. And no one seems to want to sell any used copies.

I wouldn't say no to The King Arthur Flour Baking Companion, either, but since the only place I've seen it so far in Canada is one obscure kitchen specialty store, the likes of which, out of my acquaintance, no one but me is likely to patronise, I'll have to buy this myself if I long for it.

Unfortunately, our laptop is dead, so A. is unlikely to see this little list o' mine. :wink:

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Posted 17 November 2004 - 12:20 PM

This year I'm trying very hard not to be compulsive about cookbook buying, due to some, shall we say, household constraints. It's pretty darn difficult, as I usually acquire cookbooks like cat hair on a black velvet sofa. Here's the list I sent out to my loved ones:

The Gourmet Cookbook
The Breath of a Wok
Bouchon
On Food and Cooking, revised 2004
The Arrows Cookbook
Bruce Aidell's Complete Book of Pork
Feast
All About Braising
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Posted 17 November 2004 - 02:25 PM

On Food & Cooking (new ed.)
The Last Course - Claudia Fleming
Bittersweet - Alice Medrich
The Cake Bible - Rose Levy Beranbaum
I'm Just Here for More Food - Alton Brown (just cuz)
The Art of Cake - Paul Bugat (even if it's out of print, it can still be on my wishlist, right?)
King Arthur Flour Baker's Companion
Bread Baker's Apprentice - Peter Reinhart
Les Halles - Bourdain

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#22 elswinger

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Posted 19 November 2004 - 10:30 AM

Is American Pie about "pie" or pizza, because I am looking for a good pizza cookbook with lots of color pictures?
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#23 alicehat

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Posted 19 November 2004 - 04:03 PM

Is American Pie about "pie" or pizza, because I am looking for a good pizza cookbook with lots of color pictures?

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It's all about the pizza pie...but there aren't any color photos, alas. It's a bit studious, as well, but I like that about Peter Reinhart. He has a lot of passion for the subject. Great book...
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